Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samiti candidate from the Malkajgiri Lok Sabha constituency Marri Rajasekhar Reddy assured the people that he would try to find a permanent solution for the Secunderabad Cantonment roads issue.
Mr Rajasekhar Reddy, a native of Bowenpally in Secunderabad and the son-in-law of labour minister C. Malla Reddy, is making his maiden entry into politics. Mr Malla Reddy, a famous educationist, is the former MP from Malkajgiri.
While talking to Deccan Chronicle, Mr Rajasekhar Reddy said that the frequent closure of Cantonment roads by the Local Military Authority had caused severe inconvenience to residents living in the neighbouring colonies and that the residents of the north-eastern colonies were still suffering as four major roads are still blocked.
He said that after his father-in-law became MP, he was closely associated with his political activities. Two years ago, when the issue of roads closure was brought up, Mr Malla Reddy had raised the issue in the Lok Sabha and held deliberations with defence authorities to resolve the issue.
Mr Rajasekhar Reddy explained that as the issue concerned security of vital defence installations in the Cantonment area, he would try his best to resolve the problem permanently.
Responding to critics who said he had no experience in politics and that he got the ticket on the basis of his financial position and that he is Mr Malla Reddy’s son-in-law, Mr Rajasekhar Reddy said he was active in politics since 2014. “More than experience, serious commitment is required to serve the people,” he said.
Mr Rajasekhar Reddy said he had noticed several issues in the constituency over the past four years.
For example, the land registration tax in the Cantonment is three per cent higher as compared to other areas. He said he was committed to reducing the taxation rate with the support of Telangana state Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao after the elections. He said the residents of Dilkushnagar near Kukatpally and the residents of Ward No. 2 of the Secunderabad Cantonment were facing problems as the defence ministry was imposing regulations in the residential areas.
He said people were living in these areas for long. Although the government was providing civic amenities and collecting taxes, the activities of defence personnel near their houses had not been regularised yet.
He explained that some of his top priorities were to developing roads in the constituency, ridding Jawaharnagar of its dumping yard, building a skyway connecting the Karimnagar highway with Secunderabad, and bringing irrigation water for villages in the Medchal Assembly segment.
He stated that Mr Rao’s vision had created a positive sentiment among the people towards the TRS. The Malkajgiri Lok Sabha comprises a mix of people from different states, regions, and religions, and that they all have confidence in the TRS.
He said that although the state government had allocated 100 acres for fruit markets, the shops lining the outskirts of LB Nagar had not been shifted to the allocated area and that he shall ensure to shift the market after the elections.
“With benefits reaching the people without reference to which party their representative belonged to, leaders from all political parties have been joining the TRS and that is making the party stronger,” he added.
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